St Fin Barre's Cathedral has gained almost 800 online Youtube followers in the past three days and is hoping to make it to 1,000 by this Sunday in order to be able to live stream the Palm Sunday service by mobile.
The tech-savvy service is being run by the Dean of Cork, Rev Nigel Dunne, who said he is very confident they will have the numbers they need by Sunday to live stream on the popular video-sharing platform.
“At the moment we are live streaming the Sunday services on Twitch.tv with a number of prerecorded ceremonies and other musical offerings available on the Youtube channel: Saint Fin Barres Cathedral."
Rev Dunne explained that to live-stream on Youtube you must have 1,000 followers and said that it was very likely their channel will meet the criteria by this Sunday.
Speaking of the importance of performing and streaming these religious ceremonies at this time, Rev Dunne said: “Everything is shut down, people are completely cut off and people are looking for something in the current situation, especially those cocooned.
“I would class it as an essential service. It is good for people’s mental health as well. We will be putting out some reflective material during Holy Week too and I think that is very important at this time.”
Rev Dunne also said the choir service is still up and running and he is hoping to maintain the musical group throughout the Covid-19 crisis.
“They had a choir practice the other day, on Zoom. They weren’t singing together but they were able to learn a new piece of music to practice at home. There has been a choir at St Fin Barres Cathedral for the past 700 years, it would be a real pity if it was to disband.”
At present St Fin Barre's Cathedral has over 40 choralists, between men and women and it is a huge addition to the tourist attraction of the site with over 30,000 paying customers visiting the cathedral last year.”
For more information on the online services being offered at Saint Fin Barres Cathedral, log onto https://corkcathedral.webs.com/.